All-Party Committee Examining Mental Health and Addiction Services



    
    Committee Findings to Help Build Long Term Mental Health and Addiction
    Strategy
    

    TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    An all-party committee has been formed by the Ontario legislature to help
develop ways to improve access to mental health and addiction services in the
province.
    The Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions - with
representatives from all three parties - will work with consumers/survivors,
providers, experts and other interested parties to determine the mental health
and addiction needs that currently exist. The committee is expected to issue a
report in 2010 that will:

    
    -   Determine the mental health and addiction needs of children and young
        adults; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; and seniors
    -   Explore innovative approaches to delivering services in the community
    -   Identify ways to leverage existing opportunities and initiatives
        within the current mental health and addictions system.
    

    The government has also established a Minister's Advisory Group on Mental
Health and Addictions made up of consumers, family members, providers and
researchers from across the province. It includes a range of perspectives such
as children and youth, aboriginal, workplace and women.
    Input from both committees will be used to develop a long term strategy
for mental health and addiction.
    Investment in community mental health and addictions services will help
to reduce ER visits and hospitalizations.

    QUOTES

    "It's time to bring this important issue out of the shadows and shine a
light on solutions that address the challenges being faced in the delivery of
mental health and addiction services," said Health and Long-Term Care Minister
David Caplan. "The all-party select committee and the advisory group provide a
wonderful opportunity to ensure the voices of people living with mental
illness and addictions are heard and acted upon."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   The Ontario government is providing $680 million for community mental
        health services in 2008/09.
    -   The government has allocated about $123 million to 150 substance
        abuse treatment programs in 2008/09.
    -   The government has allocated about $39 million to problem gambling
        treatment, prevention and research.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more about mental health and addiction services
(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/hlinks/mental.html) in Ontario.

    For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)
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    BACKGROUNDER
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               IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES
    


    The Ontario government is developing a long term strategy for mental
health and addiction services in the province.
    The strategy will focus on people with mental illness, problematic
substance use and gambling. Its scope will include issues that impact on
family, community and the workplace. It will address the governments' two core
priorities of:

    
    -   Reducing emergency room wait times
    -   Improving access to family health care

    Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions

    The Ontario legislature is forming an all-party Select Committee on Mental
Health. The committee will:

    -   determine the mental health and addiction needs of children and young
        adults; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; and seniors

    -   explore innovative approaches to delivering services in the community

    -   identify ways to leverage existing opportunities and initiatives
        within the current mental health and addiction system

    -   identify opportunities to improve co-ordination and integration
        across the sectors for all people including those with concurrent
        mental health and addiction problems

    -   recognize the importance of early intervention and health promotion
        with respect to diagnosing and treating mental health and addictions
        issue

    -   consider the mental health and addiction needs of Francophone and
        Ethnic minorities facing linguistic and cultural gaps.

    -   examine access to care issues for persons with mental health and
        addictions issues including primary and emergency care

    -   examine the existing continuum of social services and support for
        those with mental health and addictions issues. This would include
        justice, supportive housing, education and vocational support.

    Its work will be used in the development of a long term strategy for
mental health and addiction along with the work of the Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care's Advisory Group on Mental Health and Addictions.

    Members of the Select Committee include:

    Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville
    Liz Sandals, MPP Guelph
    Bas Balkissoon, MPP Scarborough Rouge River
    Maria Van Bommell, MPP Lambton-Kent-Middlesex
    Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges Markham
    Christine Elliott, MPP Whitby Oshawa
    Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin Caledon
    France Gelinas, MPP Nickel Belt
    Jeff Leal, MPP Peterborough

    Advisory Group on Mental Health and Addictions

    The Minister's Advisory Group on Mental Health and Addictions is made up
of consumers, family members, providers and researchers from across the
province. It includes a range of perspectives such as children and youth,
aboriginal, workplace and women. Its focus includes:

    -   system design
    -   consumer partnerships
    -   early identification and intervention
    -   increasing capacity and competencies in mental health and addiction
        health human resources, and
    -   healthy communities

    For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)
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For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 326-3986;
Andrew Morrison, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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